Capt. Pete Wagner, of Hyper Striper from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands, is back in Los Suenos, Costa Rica for a winter of fishing for sailfish with his Dream Girl -- and there's nothing bad that can be said about that relocation. They had some great sailfishing with eight dorados (dolphin) and 10 sail releases one day, before opting for bottom fishing the following day -- when 65 groupers from small fritos (2-6-pounders) were taken plus some larger ones in the teens -- and a bunch of the ocean whitefish that look like the small tilefish.
There wasn't enough space in last week's column for the conclusion of last year's review -- which follows The pattern of hot striper fishing between the channels in the fall continued each morning as anglers enjoyed great sport jigging and casting among swirling bass while those seeking meat could limit out quickly by trolling rigs on wire line. By the time I made my last boat trip aboard Sheri Berri on Dec. 4 it was all small shorts for Joe Blaze of Brielle and Dave Cheli from Spring Lake until my 50th bass turned out to be a 37-incher on the same Tsunami 6-inch Swim Eel that was attracting the schoolies.
Joining Poveromo and Honachefsky at the Jersey Shore will be Dave Schunke Innovative trophy striped bass fishing authority who also excels at catching sharks and tunas Dr. Mitchell Roffer Noted authority on locating productive water surface temperature breaks and ocean-circulation features that hold fish Harry Vernon III Distinguished southern offshore fishing pro who specializes in live-baiting, trolling and day-dropping for swordfish Captain Lou Grazioso - Veteran expert at catching trophy striped bass and fluke, bluefin and yellowfin tunas Captain Steve Purul Noted striped bass, fluke, and wreck fishing authority who runs Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters from Barnegat Captain Tom Daffin Veteran South Jersey specialist who excels at catching trophy striped bass, fluke, blackfish and sea bass, as well as bluefin and yellowfin tuna Captain Austin Perilli Noted trophy fluke fishing authority and innovative light tackle striped bass angler Captain Bryan DiLeo Renowned back bay and ICW fishing authority and Captain David Wicker Noted authority on using modern electronics to locate and catch more fish. Courses for the January 25 presentation will focus on Trophy stripers on ultra-light tackle Live-lining for trophy stripers Top trolling tactics for stripers Secrets of fishing Raritan, Sandy Hook, Silver and Barnegat Bays Flutter-jigging for stripers and bluefish Sure-fire weakfish tactics Chunking for bluefish Bluefish on surface lures Inshore wire-line techniques Jetty tactics How to catch more and bigger fluke Targeting trophy fluke Cutting-edge fluke tactics Southern flounder tactics that will take more and bigger Jersey fluke Top tactics for big blackfish Catching blackfish by the score Variety fishing in and around inlets How to locate and fish productive bottom (blackfish, sea bass, spot and fluke) Back-bay stripers Can't-miss tuna-trolling patterns Cutting-edge tuna chunking tactics Live-baiting for tunas Advanced methods for bluefin and yellowfin tuna Zeroing in on big eye tuna Flutter-jigging for tuna How to choose, rig and fish the best lures and natural baits for tuna How to catch wahoo off New Jersey Subsurface offshore trolling tactics Cutting edge spreader bar and dredge tactics Secrets for catching more inshore tuna Reading water temperature charts Targeting trophy makos Basic and advanced sharking techniques Offshore kite fishing for sharks and tuna Daytime swordfishing off New Jersey.
The status quo in Option 1 for fluke was most popular, along with Option 2 that works with it to again provide the possibility of receiving extra quota from states not using all of that allocated to them. With a five-fish bag there could be the same 17 1 2-inch minimum as last year with a season of 94 days or the state could opt for 18 inches that would provide 120 days or 18 1 2 inches for 184 days.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is holding a public hearing at 7 30 p. m. Monday, Jan. 13 on Draft Amendment XXV to the Management Plan for Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass. The meeting is, as usual, in the Ocean County Administrative Building at 101 Hooper Ave. in Toms River -- Room 119, The comment period runs through Jan. 24.
The word at Castaway's Tackle in Point Pleasant was that the surf temperature was down to 35 degrees. That doesn't bode well for a repeat of last January's surf action with school stripers -- but you never know unless you try it.
Concluding the 2013 review from my fishing log Though there were sand eels along the Shore last fall, there was no extended red hot boat and surf blitz such as occurred two years ago at Island Beach State Park. Surf pro John Green of Brick got into keeper bass on local beaches that day, and I joined him the next morning in a clearing northwest wind to release a 29 -incher at Seaside Park before Green moved to Lavallette.
Capt. Pete Meyers, of Run-Off Lures, provides a Friday seminar on blackfishing at 2 p. m., and John Stein is on at 4 with How to become a kayak fisherman . Capt. Mike Bartlett covers saltwater fly and light tackle fishing for stripers and blues at 5.